be honest, is that true, or are democrats just having fun at mr. romney's expense? >> no, that's true. that could be part of it. in other words, if what romney was talking about was putting a cap on deductions that would apply for folks say over $250,000 -- >> i think he described it in terms of a bucket, a bucket theory. >> it wouldn't get us to where it would need to be, so there would still have to be going back towards those clinton rates on folks above $250,000, but limiting deductions for people in the really high brackets could be part of it. in fact, that would deal with the hedge fund rip-off really where folks who claim that their income is all capital gains, pay 14%, this is the mitt romney deal, forevus everyone else in their income category paying 30%, 35%. >> congressman, final question, are you confident that some kind of agreement can be reached before january 3rd? >> i'm hopeful, but i'm not at all confident. in fact, i'm very skeptical. >> hang on a second.